Topic 1: Progressive Discipline [3 points for this discussion topic]

Topic 1: Progressive Discipline [3 points for this discussion topic]


You are the HR director of a company in the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Your Supervisor comes to you and says that he is having various issues with the office manager. Over the past few weeks, the office manager has been arriving at work consistently late. His direct supervisor has spoken to him several times about it, and the manager says that he is having “personal issues”. Sometimes during the day, although his jacket is thrown over his chair in his office, no one can find him or reach him for several hours at a time. The CEO suspects that he is slipping out of work during the day to resolve other issues. Most of his reports are late, and when he does turn them in, there are often frequent errors in the reports.
The Supervisor wants to terminate the office manager immediately, but is willing to listen to your advice on progressive discipline and what should be done with this employee.
He is also concerned that the employee might retaliate by claiming discrimination, since he is part of a minority group.
1. Based on Maryland state law, write out a plan, for your Supervisor including steps of progressive discipline, timing, documentation, and ultimately, termination, if the earlier steps do not achieve the needed results.
2. Include steps that can be taken and documentation that may be needed to protect the company against a possible claim of discrimination.
You must substantively respond to two colleagues.
Use a minimum of two HR/legal references to support your conclusions.  Here are a few to get you started.
https://health.maryland.gov/ohr/Documents/Documents/new-employee-handbook.pdf
http://gosmallbiz.com/progressive-discipline-steps-to-take-before-termination/
Topic 2:  This is a voluntary discussion topic and no points associcated with this discussion. Having said that we really would like to hear from you on what you liked in the class, what you did not like and what we can do to improve on this class. 
Since we are at the end of this class, this is the perfect time to reflect upon the achievement of Course Outcomes.
As the Syllabus states….  After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze employment law and its applications and implications in the workplace
  • Evaluate rights, obligations and liabilities in the employment process and relationship
  • Evaluate compliance with current laws and regulations related to safety and fairness in the workplace
  • Effectively communicate to internal and external audiences the principles and application of employment law in the business environment

Considering the activities, assignments, etc.
1. How comfortable do you feel that you have mastered these competencies?
2. What has been most useful?
3. What was not helpful? How has this course helped you?
4. What would you like to see changed and/ or added/deleted?
You do not have to respond to other student comments but may if you like.
 

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